Transportation committee approves engineering funds for new trail

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Pedestrian travel across the Greater Lafayette Area could soon be getting a little easier.

The technical transportation committee approved using $140,000 in federal funds to pay for the engineering of a new trail.

Tippecanoe County Senior Transportation Planner Doug Poad said the trail will connect a West Lafayette trail yet to be named, with a pedestrian trail that will be built on the Sagamore Parkway bridge over the Wabash River.

“If you live in West Lafayette, you’ll be able to use this trail to cross the Wabash River. So, if you wanted to go up to the battle field, or head south, and connect to the trail system within Lafayette,” said Poad.

Lafayette is working on a pedestrian trail connecting the Wabash Heritage trail to the Sagamore Parkway bridge trail.
Poad said it will give people more options when it comes to getting around the area.

“It it will give more options, in terms of recreation, and it will be more connections,” said Poad. “So, if you wanted to connect to go over the West Lafayette or Lafayette, you can do that, and it just provides more additional ways that are non-motorized transportation.”

Poad said the total cost for the project is $175,000 and the city of West Lafayette will provide the additional $35,000 needed. He says engineering for the trail could begin as early as 2016.

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